ROY S., Jr. "SAM"
Age 94, of Franklin Twp., Butler County, PA died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the rehabilitation unit of Passavant Retirement Community. Born on October 8, 1919, in Dormont, PA to Belle McClure Neel (originally from McKeesport, PA) and Roy S. Neel, Sr. (originally from West Mifflin, PA). Survived by daughter, Jean Scott Neel of Butler, PA. Preceded in death by wife of 58 years, Dorothy Scott Neel, whom he married on November 4, 1950, at the Scott farm (home of her parents, Frank and Nellie Scott), who died May 11, 2009. Also preceded in death by brother, Robert M. Neel of Butler; and sister, Nancy Means of Harrisville. Former member of St. Andrews United Presbyterian Church in Butler. 1937 graduate of Dormont High School. 1942 graduate of Duquesne University with B.S. degree in Business Administration. Enlisted in 1942, but flunked out at the end of 6th Officer Candidate Class, Marine Corps, Quantico, VA. Then was Army draftee with basic training at Ft. Meade, MD and Astoria, Oregon. A member of the 267th Separate Coast Artillery Battalion Harbor Defense of Resurrection Bay and Seward, Alaska in 1943 and 1944. Late in 1944, was converted to infantry with training at Augusta, GA. Located at Army replacement depots at Ft. Meade, MD and Salem, Oregon in 1944-1945 until discharge. Traveling job in 1946 with a Pittsburgh accounting firm. Poultry farmer in Franklin Twp., Butler County, PA from 1947 to 1956. Employed by Armco Steel as a clerk in the Machine Shop, Maintenance Stores and Spares from 1956 until retirement in 1982. Services for Mr. Neel were private, and he was laid to rest in Greenlawn Burial Estates, Butler. Arrangements were handled by the THOMPSON - MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 124 E. North St., Butler, PA. Online condolences can be given at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 7, 2014